Could you take us through your investment strategy journey with Adyen?
00:47:38 – With Adyen we have a great preference for simplicity. Because if it’s simple, it’s easier for us to control it. So therefore we never made an acquisition. We only run one system. We only have engineers that are educated in the languages we use within the company. So we wanted to have a very simple relationship with our investors too – and simple for me means that if the current shareholders gain, the new shareholders gain too. And vice-versa.
Usually, in an investment round the new investors get liquidation preferences. So if the company hits a rough patch, then a shareholder with liquidation preferences might be tempted to sell their shares even when the offer is low, as they have their minimum return secured. And that’s really bad for the entrepreneurs and the older shareholders.
We said there is always a risk and return. So we make the risk a little higher for investors and it’s up to investors to price it. This is how we approached our first investment round with the first big VC. We don’t want to give board seats because we are building a large company. And if you build a large company, you know that at a certain point, you will need an independent board. So we didn’t want to give anything other than common shares.